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October 23, 2013
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate opens Neuroscience Research Building

Upstate Medical University officially opened its newest research space, the $72-million Neuroscience Research Building that boasts more than 150,000 square feet, most of it dedicate to research of the brain

The building is actually an addition on the back of Upstate’s Institute of Human Performance, located at 505 Irving Ave., in Syracuse.

Opening ceremonies, which included lectures about neuroscience research from key names in academe, including Susan Hockfield, PhD, president emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, drew more than 200 people.

In addition to an efficient, sustainable and open design, the Neuroscience Research Building features the most advanced generation of core (shared) resources and technology and cutting-edge laboratory space that supports Upstate’s research teams, and will serve to attract highly qualified new recruits to Upstate’s biomedical community.

Currently, interdisciplinary research at the IHP is devoted primarily to human activity and rehabilitation. The new, expanded facility will house investigators from various disciplines whose studies involve disorders of the nervous system, such as behavioral disorders like ADHD, diseases of the eye, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

It is a block long, five-story addition adjacent to the existing facility that is located on a two-acre site bounded by Harrison, Madison, Crouse and Irving avenues in Syracuse. The expansion was designed by Goody Clancy Architecture of Boston to LEED Silver level from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Features of the building include parking for 51 vehicles, mechanical space, loading dock and space for a future cyclotron; a combination of 31 wet/dry, open/closed laboratories and laboratory support including microarray, microscopy and phenotyping cores, offices and administrative space; a two-story atrium providing gathering space, conference rooms, lounge and physical connection to the existing building; a two–story atrium with a skylight the length of the building for maximum daylight exposure; and flexible-design “plug-in” laboratory casework that allows for customized future changes.

Caption: More than 200 people attended the opening ceremonies for Upstate’s Neuroscience Research Building.

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